April 11, 2007

Silver Medals for Yale Pair with Team USA at World Championship

April 10, 2007

WINNIPEG, Man. - Yale sophomore defenseman Helen Resor (Greenwich, Conn.) and coach Hilary Witt earned silver medals with Team USA at the 2007 IIHF Women's World Championship, which concluded Tuesday night at the MTS Centre in front of 15,003 fans.

The U.S. fell to host Canada 5-1 in the gold-medal game, ending the Americans' bid to repeat as champions at the event. Team USA and Team Canada have met in each of the 10 gold medal games in the tournament's history, with the U.S. taking silver nine times. The World Championship is held in all non-Olympic years.

The tournament opened with the nine teams divided into groups of three. Team USA started with a 9-0 win over Kazakhstan and a 9-1 win over China in the preliminary round before falling to Canada 5-4 in a shootout in the first game of the qualifying round Saturday. The crowd for that game was also 15,003, a record size for a women's hockey game. A 4-0 win over Finland Sunday put the U.S. in the gold-medal game.

Resor has two assists and a +4 rating in five games. In the Olympics last year she tied Jenny Potter for the best +/- rating on the U.S. team at +10.

Witt, Yale's head coach, was an assistant coach for Team USA. Wisconsin's Mark Johnson was the head coach.

Yale's other Olympian, freshman forward Denise Soesilo (Hamburg, Germany), also played at the World Championship. Soesilo and Team Germany fell to Switzerland 1-0 in the first game of the preliminary round, and an 8-0 loss to Canada then left the Germans in the relegation round. There, Germany opened with a 3-0 win over Kazakhstan before falling to Russia 4-1 Monday afternoon.

ESPNU will air the gold medal game on a tape-delay basis April 11 at 4:30 p.m. Eastern, April 12 at 7:30 p.m. Eastern and April 17 at 8 p.m. Eastern.

report by Sam Rubin '95 (sam.rubin@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity